Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tree houses brought to a whole new level

I found these incredible Tree Tents on Cool Hunting the other day.

Tree Tents provide an intriguing model for sustainable wildlife housing. Standard setups for Tree Tents start at £8,000 from Luminair

It does fulfill some childhood fantasies without a "childhood price". It would have to be a permanent set up to be worth it to me but can you imagine at one tenth the price of my house I would have this impossibly cool pretty private getaway because you couldn't exactly pack your family into it.

I love the spherical design and it has a two-fold purpose: to provide even load distribution for the suspension system and allow for natural rain runoff. Luminair also conceived of options for a wood stove, water and renewable electricity into the design. It could be my cottage on the East Coast!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ART art I want you... Nathaniel Mather

It's strange I feel like I have seen Artist & Illustrator Nathaniel Mather's  art before but I don't know when or where?

Meeting for the first time

Ode to Rufino
Maybe parts of it are just part of our collective unconscious.

Spring Shower



For a piece of "wearable art" I love this T-shirt! I want it! Great message to stare at on Pajama days only 14 USD on Etsy;)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

An APP that will bring out your inner teen

 I'm so amused...

Thanks to Johanne Goddard from "A Cup of Jo" for discovering a great and maybe the funniest APP ever: RunPee (insert teenage boy laugh track here) tells you when to run to the bathroom without missing anything major and tells you what's happening in the movie while you're away.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Musings


Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
CARL JUNG, On the Psychology of the Unconsciousness

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Monday Musings on Thursday

"There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."

John F. Kennedy

Friday, November 16, 2012

Farewell BIXI

When BIXI started a few years ago I wondered what all the fuss was about. When I started to work downtown I saw all kinds of people riding around and I thought they were kind of annoying speeding by me on their bikes. It was really strange after living in the suburbs for the past six years to work downtown and to have my whole city re-arranged with these highways bike paths with flocks of people on their bikes.

Last year I decided to make activity part of my day rather than going to the gym or my basement to do a work out tape. It all began with taking my own bike to the train every morning during my morning commute.

I  realized much to my delight that I loved riding my bike as an adult as much as I did as a teenager or young adult (I used to be a bike courier in my twenties). I felt so FREE! SO much more in touch with nature and the world and young and nimble again. I love how on a really really hot day you still get a breeze when you ride a bike. I just love how mobile it makes you and how far you can go in so little time. It just brings me a feeling of such ELATION!  + it burns more calories than walking.

So... at one point last May I got the bright idea to get a subscription to BIXI for my walk to work from the train and I joined the "annoying" ranks of BIXI users. It was a revelation! It opened up a new world for me. I was able to run errands on my lunch hour. Bring my husband the lunch he forgot since he had a working lunch that day and was unable to meet me at lunch time. Soon I was finding all kinds of reasons to take it to a friend's house or to go meet my daughter for dinner after work.

Unfortunately for me the season ended yesterday. You are still able to get a bike at some stations but many of the stations just had a sad flashing yellow light because the station had been DE-activated. So it is risky to take one because you may not be able to bring it back anywhere. For the Winter season BYE BYE BIXI. I miss you acutely already.